2:28 p.m., Jan. 29, 2013

Celebration of life for Anne Wolff to be held March 28

Anne Wolff at 2011 Laramie County Community College's commencement ceremony.


The current longest serving faculty member at Laramie County Community College, Anne Wolff, of Cheyenne, died Jan. 28.

A celebration of life will be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Center for Conferences and Institutes, Room 130, on Thursday, March 28. Refreshments will be served in conjunction with the come-and-go affair.

She was born on March 9, 1949, in Jacksonville, Fla., and had lived in Cheyenne since 1973.

Anne taught 12,000 students over more than 40 years. She received her bachelor’s degree from Murray State University in Kentucky and two master’s degrees from the University of Wyoming. Wolff was active in 4H and Girl Scouts, was the regional director for the Laramie County School District Science Fair, was a multiple winner of the LCCC Teacher of the Year award, and, most importantly, was a devoted mother whose passions were education, travelling and her family.

“Anne Wolff’s mark on the LCCC campus as well as the local community has been immense for the past four decades,” Rosalind Schliske, friend and colleague, said. “When she joined LCCC, we had been at our location on College Drive for two years, and our enrollment was exploding. So Anne was part of that generation of LCCC faculty and staff who fearlessly initiated new classes and programs to increase student opportunities and worked tirelessly on committees to improve the college. Right before winter break, Anne and I shared a long conversation in which she said how excited she was to retire in May of this year. And then in true Anne Wolff fashion, she told me she would continue to teach part time, however. Even in retirement Anne didn’t want to break her connection to this institution and its students. Because of her nearly lifelong service, she never will.”

Dr. Joe Schaffer, LCCC president, added: “Anne was our longest tenured faculty member, teaching microbiology and zoology here at LCCC since 1973. During the course of her tenure at LCCC she has helped transform the lives of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of our students. Judging by the stories I have already heard about Anne, it is clear she has also touched and changed many of our faculty and staff lives as well. Her contributions to LCCC, Cheyenne and Wyoming will endure, even though we now must say goodbye to our friend.”

“Anne was a great instructor, and she will be missed by all her students,” Henry Derr, former LCCC instructor of mathematics and chemistry, said.

She is survived by two daughters, Sarah Wolff, of Tucson and Cheyenne, and Shana Wolff, of Cheyenne; her mother, Nelle Tyrell, of DeLand, Fla.; and a brother, McHenry Holbrook, of Daytona Beach, Fla. Wolff was preceded in death by her father, John Holbrook.

Cremation has taken place at Cheyenne Memorial Gardens under the direction of Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel.

Friends who wish may contribute to the LCCC Foundation.

Updated on Feb. 28, 2013.